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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century 1st Edition

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Introduction. Berenice Abbott. Ansel Adams. Robert Adams. Eugene Atget. Bill Brandt. Brassai. Harry Callahan. Alvin Langdon Coburn. Imogen Cunningham. Robert Doiseneau. William Eggleston. Walker Evans. Lee Friedlander. John Gutmann. Lewis Hine. Andre Kertesz. William Klein. Dorothea Lang. Clarence John Laughlin. Helen Levitt. Robert Mapplethorpe. Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Lisette Model. Tina Modotti. Arnold Newman. Paul Outerbridge. Gordon Parks. Irving Penn. Alexander Rodchenko. Cindy Sherman. Aaron Siskind. Steven Shore. Frederick Sommer. Alfred Stieglitz. Paul Strand. Garry Winogrand.

About the Author

Matthew Bamberg began his career in the arts as a graduate student at San Francisco State University in 1992. He completed his Master's in Creative Arts in 1997. His catalog of photographs consists of thousands of images from his travels in Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, Morocco, Russia, the Baltic states and countries throughout Europe. In 1999, Bamberg began photographing mid-century architecture and signage. His prints began selling locally and, later, all over Southern California. In 2005, Bamberg's book Digital Art Photography for Dummies was published. In 2008 Bamberg authored many books for Thomson Learning. His book The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco, published in 2008, is still popular today. In 2009, his three books from the series 101 Quick and Easy Photography Secrets were published. In 2010, Bamberg authored New Image Frontiers--Defining the Future of Photography. In 2011, he authored Beginning HDR Photography and Photography Applications for Cloud Computing.

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Product Details

  • Series: 101
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435454367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435454361
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,103,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a freelance writer Matthew Bamberg is currently working on articles for "Photography Monthly" and "Shutterbug." He also has photographed and written for the "Desert Sun," "Palm Springs Life" and the "Riverside Press-Enterprise."

Curious by light striking his lens (direct and bold or soft and willowy) and the sounds (especially of the shutter opening and closing), he struck a relationship first with film and then, like so many, with the digital camera's sensor.
Bamberg also has sold his photographs in many Southern California stores and galleries. His books, "Digital Art Photography for Dummies" and three books in the "Quick and Easy Secrets" photography book series describes the process from taking the picture to printing and framing it.

In his book, "New Image Frontiers--Defining the Future of Photography," Bamberg interviewed top world engineers, photographers and gallery owners seeking to find answers to sensor research, new camera models (including the new mirrorless line manufactured by a number of companies), and sought an answer the proverbial question: "How does a photographer get his work into a gallery?"

Currently, two new state-of-the-art books--Beginning HDR Photography and Photography Applications to Cloud Computing have been released by Thomson Learning.

Aside from his writing about f-stops, shutter speeds, and the fabulous job the digital camera manufacturers have done that permit photographers to take almost noiseless pictures in the dark at high ISO speeds, Matt teaches photography at UCR and writing at the the University of Phoenix.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2010
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Matthew Bamberg is the photographers' friend - whether that photographer is a professional or an absolute amateur or in the 'gray area' somewhere in between. This book is not only a fascinating series of mini-biographies of the greats in photography, it is also a workable guide on how to recognize what it is about a famous photographer's work that makes it unique AND how to go from there to making your own images incorporate some of these ideas.

Each of the 37 chapters in this book (well illustrated with images you will recognize and some you can work from) is dedicated to one photographer: Ansel Adams, Eugène Atget, Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász), Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston and more. Bamberg opens each chapter with a summary of the artist's life and defines what made that artist great. He then focuses on an aspect of that greatness, explains how it can be achieved with our own camera, and follows this with a fine example. It is teaching of the first rank.

Critics will say the book is too simplified, to lacking in backup data or depth. But that is not the audience Bamberg addresses. Matthew Bamberg shares with the public how aspects of art can come from each of us. And therein lies the beauty of his many books from the 'Quick and Easy' series! Grady Harp, September 10
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on January 23, 2010
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One of the best ways to improve photography skills is by looking at the works of master photographers. By seeing what their vision had to offer and by examining how they used the formal elements like exposure, depth of field and framing one can learn how to use these techniques to better capture one's own vision. This doesn't mean copying their subjects or applying their techniques exactly as they used them, but rather examining the techniques and then modifying them and fitting them into one's own arsenal.

This looks like the idea that Matthew Bamberg originally had in writing "101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century" but somewhere his idea went astray.

The book discusses 37 great photographers, ranging from Bernice Abbott to Edward Weston. Each chapter starts with a brief description of the master's career and then discusses some of his or her photographs. It is at this point that the author goes wrong. Claiming that it was too difficult to get the copyrights for images by the master photographers, the author instead provides links to websites where a photograph can be found, or tries to describe the image in words. Thereafter he presents one or more of his own images that are based upon the work of the master photographer.

Unfortunately, many of the URL's that he provides are long and complex, and unless one is a really good touch typist one is unlikely to get the URL right on the first try, or in my case, after several tries. In other cases he doesn't even provide a link, choosing instead to try to describe the work in a paragraph or two. Perhaps if the author had provided a web site with links it might have made it easier to view the examples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob LaRosa on May 27, 2010
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This book is great for the student of photography who would like to learn about some of the great pioneers of the medium. This book gave me insight to master photographers whom I was already familiar and introduced me to many whom I was not familiar. I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in learning from those who have blazed a photographic trail.

There are problems with this book, however. First the original works of the masters are not included. You must use the internet to view the photos. You can use the internet addresses provided by the author or search Google Images to find the original photos. This slows down the learning process and subtracts from the joy of reading this book. The second problem is that the authors example photos are generally awful. I'd say 85% of the authors images are terrible and miss some of the basic concepts of the masters that he is describing. Ironically, I find that the author's written comments are very insightful yet there is some kind of disconnect between his logical brain (that understands how to evaluate the photos of the masters) and his creative brain.

That said, you can still learn a lot from reading the authors words and viewing the actual photos from the masters. Take the time to do some evaluation of the master's work for yourself. I found that I discovered more when really examining the photos and understanding what it was that made them so great.
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I received this book to read and review. Having read and enjoyed two other books by Matthew Bamberg, I looked forward to receiving 101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century.

Matthew Bamberg has broken this book into 37 chapters each showcasing a photographic master including a short bio, descriptions of the master's image, and example images with the methods used to recreate them. As the title suggests, each chapter is short and only provides a shallow look into the techniques the masters used. Unfortunately, the master's "images are not included in the book for copyright reasons", URLs are provided instead.

The lack of the master's images is the biggest problem with this book. As the master's images were described, I often found myself looking at Matthew's images wondering what he was talking about before quickly realizing I wasn't looking at the image he was describing. Since I don't read in front of a computer, I didn't try the URLs until after I finished reading the book. This approach didn't work well as the URLs are not differentiated by the rest of the text in a visually obvious manner. Many of the URLs are long leading to potential typing errors, and already becoming obsolete. For example, I tried the 99 character link to view Paul Strand's Toadstool and Grasses only to find the site no longer exists. Fortunately a quick image search found what I was looking for.

Even though the image URLs are obsolete and a distraction, each chapter contains valid photographic lessons. Matthew explains the techniques used by each master, recreates the image in his own way, and explains the steps he took to do so.
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